PAKISTAN on Wednesday deployed its Army in place of the regular Pakistan Rangers along its border with India, BSF officials said, report Zee News and The Times of India. Meanwhile, a top Indian Air Force officer said that around 5,000 targets in Pakistan have been identified to be hit in the event of a war. The deployment of the soldiers has taken places in the Barmer sector of Rajasthan. Confirming the deployment of Army, Additional Director-General of Indian Border Security Force (BSF), Barmer, UK Bansal said Wednesday, "There is a lot of activity along the Pakistan side of border near Barmer in Rajasthan and Rangers have been replaced by the Army." On the heightened activity, the ADG said they were prepared for any eventuality and is capable of meeting any such situation. "The BSF is on full alert," said Bansal. "A lot of military movement is being noticed in districts just across the international border for the last few days, which is not normal," R C Dhyani, DIG of Rajasthan frontier BSF, also said from Jodhpur. "Patrolling across the border has intensified while defence personnel are constantly on vigil from watch towers," he said. "It was not a normal practice some days ago and after escalation of tension between two countries Pakistan has deployed more troops across border," he added. Bansal visited the border areas in Barmer, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur districts and he is understood to have noticed that the movement of troops across the border has intensified. The Rajasthan state government has ordered the residents of border villages to be prepared for relocation. According to sources, the order came after a meeting of state Director-General of Police and Home Secretary with official of the central government. Earlier in the day, a top Indian Air Force officer said that a large number of possible "terrorist-based" targets in Pakistan have been identified to be hit in the event of a war. Air Marshal PK Barbora, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Air Command, told a gathering of journalists that as many as 5,000 targets have been identified. He, however, said that "terrorists" may have fled from existing camps to safer hideouts. The Air Marshal made it clear that war was only the last option. "Any developed nation does not go to war instantly...the matter should be solved first through diplomacy and then with an appeal to the international community and if all this fails, war is the last resort, Barbora, who commands the strategic J&K sector, said. At an interaction with the Journalists Union of Assam, he said, "We are ready for any challenge". Another Indian TV channel, NDTV, quoted sources as saying that amid growing tension between India and Pakistan and President Asif Ali Zardari's statement that his country was capable of thwarting an attack from the East, there has been a forward movement by the Pakistani Air Force. For the second consecutive day, the Pakistan Air Force flew its fighter aircraft over its main cities - apparently, a sign of increased military preparedness across the border, NDTV quoted sources as saying. The move comes at a time when India has categorically stated that war can't be a solution to the ongoing crisis between the two countries. According to sources, Pakistan has deployed its aircraft on frontline bases and flown fighter jets over Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. India sees this as an attempt to raise temperatures in the Sub-Continent and deflect from the real issue - how Pakistan deals with the issue of "terrorists operating from its soil", they added. Sources further said this is being seen as a step to showcase Pakistan's air defence preparedness. India's Western Air Command has in any case been on alert, they stated.